Craig Sager received a huge honor on Tuesday, as he was named the Outstanding Sports Personality at the 38th annual Sports Emmy Awards.
Accepting the posthumous award on his behalf was president of Turner Sports, David Levy, who was accompanied on stage by the late great sports reporter’s wife, Stacey.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS
REPORTER – CRAIG SAGER CBS/TBS/TNT/TRUTV Congrats
— Sports Emmys (@sportsemmys) May 9, 2017
Craig Sager wins a #SportsEmmy. Well deserved. pic.twitter.com/gs7jIyT4lY
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 10, 2017
Sager passed away last December following a long battle with Leukemia. After going through a bone marrow transplant in 2014, his cancer was pushed into remission. However, in March of last year, he announced that it returned and that he only had three to six months to live without treatment, according to his doctors. He then agreed to go through another transplant but his body ultimately failed him.
The veteran sideline reporter was best known for his courtside reports and a personality that was as colorful as his suits during nationally televised games. After he passed away, the whole NBA community paid tribute to his excellence at his job and wore colorful shirts, which were designed to look like the bright and unique colored suits he sported throughout his career.
The Emmy Award Sager received was already his second this year, as he was also the recipient of the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award.